How to Make T-Shirt Yarn

My 9 year old and I have been in knitting mode lately. Earlier in the summer he asked if I would teach him how to knit. I taught him the basics with knitting needles, which he actually picked up better than I thought. Then I bought him a set of round knitting looms and had him choose his own yarn. He now can sit for pretty long periods of time and knit on his loom.

As for me, I’ve been working on a couple of knitting projects in the evenings, usually after the kids go to bed.

Anyway, since we’ve been in a knitting mode, I thought I’d try my hand at making t-shirt yarn. I’m not sure how we’ll use it yet, but thought it would be at least interesting to try.

It definitely wasn’t difficult or too time-consuming.

Here’s how I made my own t-shirt yarn:

I picked out ratty older t-shirts that I knew we weren’t going to wear anymore.
Cut off below the armpit area. You may have to go lower if your tee has a larger graphic on the front. I also cut off the bottom hem.
Cut down one of the side seams and stretch out into a long rectangle.
Cut into abut 1″ wide, going down the length of the rectangle. When I got near a corner, I rounded it and basically continued around the perimeter of the piece, circling inward. You eventually get down to the middle and have cut it all up.
Starting at one end, pull the strip taut as you slide it through one hand. It will kind of curl and thin out as you go.
Roll into a ball and you’re all done!

From my little bit of research on this, t-shirt yarn can be used to knit, crochet, or braid. I’ll keep you posted on any projects I make out of this!

8 thoughts on “How to Make T-Shirt Yarn

  1. LOVE this. Whether to make something from it or just for the texture of the yarn balls. They make a pretty display. Your photography is lovely. Pinning! Gotta try it this winter.

    ❤ Christina at I Gotta Create!
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